PAT Shaw will make his first appearance in a tour for his new team, the West Australian-based Satalyst Giant, in the New Zealand Cycle Classic.
The Ballarat cyclist will take on his former team Avanti Racing in the five-stage event at Palmerston North on the North Island, which begins with a 6.1km individual time trial tomorrow.
Shaw will team up with Kane Walker, Theo Yates, Michael Fitzgerald and Alex McGregor.
Shaw gave Ballarat its first look at his new colours on the streets of the city in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships earlier this month.
He took out the sprint jersey in the circuit event and then was one of just 41 riders to finish the national road race at Buninyong.
The NZ Cycle Classic is a stepping stone for the Herald Sun Tour on February 5-9.
The tour will return to Ballarat for the finish of stage one in Sturt Street on Thursday, February 6, and start of stage two at Lake Wendouree on Friday, February 7.
The first stage starts in Geelong, with a “finish village” in Armstrong Street South from noon to 3pm.
A start village for stage two will be at Lake Wendouree on the Friday from 9am to 10.30am.
The tour starts with a prologue on Melbourne’s Southbank on Wednesday, February 5.